Step up to the ST-L and the CVT auto transmission is standard.
The touchscreen screen grows from 5.0- to 7.0-inches and displays an around view monitor to help you avoid obstacles when parking.
Satellite navigation and digital radio (DAB+) is added to the infotainment system.
The side mirrors fold at the touch of a button, and are heated so they don’t stay fogged up in cold weather.
The seats are trimmed with partly with higher quality graphite cloth and partial leather (a mix between real and fake leather). Both front seats are heated and the driver’s seat has power adjustments.
The exterior gains front fog lights and roof rails.
The N-TEC grade, which is temporary until the Ti arrives in mid-2018, brings dual-zone air-conditioning, which allows separate temperatures to be set for each side of the cabin and a parking assistance system, which can automatically steer the car into place.
The headlights are longer lasting LEDs and can switch on automatically when it gets dark, while high beam assist dips the lights automatically by sensing when another vehicle is approaching. Windscreen wipers operate automatically when it rains.
The N-TEC also has blind spot warning (this alerts you if there is another car alongside, out of view, when you indicate to change lanes). And it has bigger, 19-inch wheels fitted with wider, lower-profile tyres.
Cabin ambience is improved by a panoramic sunroof and mood lighting.
The most expensive Qashqai, the Ti, which replaces the N-TEC at the top of the Qashqai range in mid-2018, gains Nappa leather-accented seat trim, and adaptive cruise control (which reduced speed to match the car in front and keeps a safe distance) and lane departure warning.